Review: Playing the Whore

Becky Gardner reviews Melissa Gira Grant's book "Playing the Whore" (Verso, 2014). This review was originally published in the Summer 2014 edition of the rs21 magazine. In her new book Playing the Whore, journalist...

“Anyone could be a target”

Areej Ali-Al-ashhab is a full-time field coordinator at the Gender Initiative Program at the United Nations Relief Works Agency and a part-time English teacher at AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services) in Gaza City. In...

Protesters take to the Tube to highlight Spain’s crackdown on abortion rights

(report by Lois JC and Shanice McBean, pics from mybellyismine.wordpress.com) Spanish activists have launched a campaign called Mi Bombo Es Mío ("my belly is mine") in response to plans by the government to make abortion illegal in all but a handful...

Rolf Harris is guilty

Yesterday Rolf Harris was found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls. David Renton argues that his conviction goes some way in corroding the stereotypes with which rape and sexual violence are surrounded One theme...

The Politics of Pride

As the LGBT movement takes to the streets at London Pride today, Colin Wilson reflects on the challenges facing the movement for liberation today. The official guide for Pride London is a remarkably political document. Perhaps, with the...

‘No to Pinkwashing’ at Pride

Members of No to Pinkwashing – No to Israeli Apartheid will be joining the LGBT Pride march in London this Saturday. Colin Wilson explains the background of the campaign. "Pinkwashing" is a cynical...

Protest against Spain’s anti-abortion bill: 7pm, Friday 27 June, London SW1X 8SB

Abortion rights are under attack in the Spanish state. The right wing government wants to make abortion illegal in all but very restricted circumstances. This is the most fundamental attack on women's rights in a European...

Unison delegates angry over moves to quash domestic violence motion

(picture: Unison bloc at last year's Manchester demonstration against health cuts) The Unison union's annual conference is taking place in Brighton this week. The main themes running through it have been the forthcoming pay strikes...

Hundreds demand justice over gender and caste violence

Ruth Lorimer reports from a demonstration in London earlier this week demanding justice for women raped and murdered in India. Several hundred people, mostly Indian women from across the UK, demonstrated outside the Indian High Commission on...

Baltic Pride – not parliament – has the potential for LGBT liberation in Estonia

Civil partnerships for LGBT couples could be recognised in Estonian law from July. But William Cleary argues that the Baltic Pride festival, which will be held in Estonia's capital in June, will be more...